We used Opendoor to sell our Las Vegas home and it worked seamlessly for our needs. Here I share the mostly good facets of our experience and the reasons that a real estate service like this can work well for some home sellers.
I have found that downsizing and having things in your home that have real meaning is the best way to go. This way, you are leaving behind a real legacy for your children and not a lot of things that simply collect dust and take up space. Your kids will appreciate your thoughtfulness!
Tips for dealing with abusive restraining orders filed for retaliation or out of spite.
What it is like living in the place where the largest massacre in United States history just took place? Here I share some thoughts and emotions about dealing with the aftermath.
My thoughts about a recent news story of a company micro-chipping employees. There are so many questions right now that do not seem to have good answers. Thoughts and questions to ponder.
When it comes to being attracted to pirates, I like them much better in the movies than in real life. If danger is the attraction, firefighters and military men would be much better choices I think!
DIY Centerpieces are the perfect addition to create a festive mood or to accent your everyday decor. Add a pop of color, beauty, sparkle or whimsy for unforgettable centerpieces.
From our personal experience of living in Las Vegas for seven years, raising kids here successfully could be very tough.
Every four years you hear people say they are leaving the country if a candidate they dislike is elected. Things to think about for anyone who has ever considered leaving for political reasons.
Hemenway Park near Boulder City, Nevada is the perfect place to see Desert Bighorn Sheep in spring, summer and early fall. You'll get spectacular photos! Just don't go too close, they are wild!
A look at asking professionals who use their talents to make a living to work for free, just for you, as a favor. This is one of the toughest things to handle as a creative person working for yourself
A thoughtful look at the idea of either taking a risk and pursuing a dream, or doing a mind-numbing, soulless job until a predetermined retirement age. It is a struggle many entrepreneurs have had.
Sometimes homes that were featured in famous movies become almost as iconic as the movie actors. Find out what happened to the homes from the movies Field of Dreams, Christmas Story and Home Alone.
Thoughts about the Las Vegas strip crash on December 20th, from a five year resident of Las Vegas. We were not near the crash site when it happened, and we are thankful for that. What happens now?
The Leonberger is a gentle giant and a well-mannered family dog. They have an intriguing backstory. It is believed that all Leonberger dogs of today are ancestors of eight surviving dogs from WW II.
I was drawn into a writing website called Bubblews as were thousands of other aspiring writers. Promises were big in the beginning, then funds dwindled. Writers are now being paid less or not at all.
Deciding to get a pit bull is a huge decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Things like natural, common personality traits and dangers should be considered, as well as ownership expenses.
The ELF vehicle is part tricycle and part motorized vehicle, created by Organic Transit as a commuter driving option to save money and gas. Benefits include exercise for drivers and a comfortable ride
Places in the United States where you can stand and have your photo taken with each foot in a separate state. In one spot on the Georgia, Tennessee state line, tourism provides the towns main revenue.
Thinking of having varicose veins treated with Endovenous Laser Treatments? Reading this first might help to answer some questions and ease concerns. Includes diagrams and a helpful video.
Burglaries do happen in hotel rooms anywhere, especially in tourist destinations. How you can protect yourself by packing a portable alarm, portable lock or both to bring with you for extra security.
Whenever I hear of a cat or dog travelling long distances to get home, it is heartwarming. This behavior is called either homing instinct or Psi Trailing and it happens more often than we think.
Tips for enjoying a fun girls day out. Girls of all ages love the friendship and laughter of being with other girls. Here are some great activities and ideas for a memorable girls day out.
Alterna 2 Minute Root Touch Up seemed to cover up the most visible roots in my hair. I think a learning curve time is needed to use the product correctly. I do think it works in a pinch if you need it.
Fish should never be flushed and should never be released into lakes or rivers either. Learn about the humane ways to dispose of or relinquish aquarium fish and other unwanted fish properly.
Helpful hints for anyone considering writing for Textbroker. Hints are from my own personal experience of writing for Textbroker for over a year. How to choose clients and keep rejection rates low.
I might not have believed it, but a mole on your skin can disappear. It happened to me. Having had moles all my life, I have always put up with them or had them removed. This one vanished on its own.
Cats are such wonderful, warm, furry companions who give love and affection unconditionally. If you have wondered whether you are too close to your cat, you probably are. Eight ways to tell for sure.
I remember a scene in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes when a young lady named Ruth passed away from cancer. A very superstitious character in the movie, a woman named Sipsie, proceeded to cover the mirror in the room, and then she stopped the clock. Exploring superstitions surrounding death and the...
Some of the cutest kittens I have seen, Toyger kittens, show off mad skills at roaring, hunting, and being ferocious—or not. This adorable breed is fairly new and first showed up in the 1990s.
Helpful advice for making cheap clothes and accessories look more expensive. Today, even though people try to save money more than ever, it is still possible to look beautiful and create expensive looking outfits using cheaper materials. You will find that you can look well put together and...
There has been a myth for years that when rice is thrown at weddings it is a danger to wild birds. The myth is that uncooked rice harms birds by reacting with water in the birds stomachs which causes the rice to expand inside the stomach, resulting in birds exploding. Here is what really happens,...
Helpful tips and tricks to improve your memory. Remembering things is something many people struggle with as they age. Knowing how memory works and ways to improve it can help you remember things.
Knowing someone who went through flight attendant training has given me a whole new respect for the people who do this challenging and often exciting job. Flight attendant training is not easy. It is intensive, rigorous and difficult and a person has to earn that set of wings that they receive on...
Cat proofing a bathroom is part of being a good, responsible cat owner. Keep things out of cats reach like medications and harmful things like hot hair appliances. Keep shiny objects away from them like hair clips and hair elastics.
Strange things have been happening recently at the Titanic Artifact Exhibit at the Luxor Hotel here in Las Vegas. Workers report hearing footsteps, laughter, music and one worker had the back of his jacket grabbed by...someone.
Cat dandruff is a common skin condition in cats usually accompanied by flakes and dryness. When other health conditions have been ruled out, there are things you can try to alleviate cat dandruff. Usually cat dandruff is not serious in a healthy cat. There are some home remedies that might help.
Ghost In The Graveyard outdoor party game is fun for kids whether it is played on a warm summer night or during a fun Halloween party. Help kids to burn off some of that energy from all that Halloween candy sugar with this fun and energetic game that kids age six and up will love. Including...
We began our adventure growing a Bearss lime tree here in the hot and arrid climate of Las Vegas in April of 2012. Our Bearss lime tree made it through the first brutal summer and is doing well. We are hoping to have some limes on it soon. Tips and helpful advice for growing Bearss lime trees.
When someone collapses and stops breathing for any reason, doing something is better than doing nothing. If you do not remember CPR instructions, do chest compression only CPR until help arrives.
The bark scorpion is a pest problem in the southwest United States, and in Arizona and Clark County Nevada especially. One of the most venomous scorpions, here is some advice to avoid being stung by one. Find out what you should do if you are ever stung by a scorpion, and learn about a new antidote...
Visiting Pioneer Saloon in Nevada is like stepping back in time about 100 years. It has a colorful history of cowboys, gunfights, gamblers, miners, actors, actresses, girls of the night, and ghosts.
Tribute bands are a great option for lower cost entertainment in Las Vegas. We've seen tributes to Abba, The Beatles, Queen and Fleetwood Mac. Many times the shows are in hotels off the Las Vegas strip and are worth looking for.
Shopping for furniture at hotel liquidation stores is our new favorite way to buy gently used furniture at deeply discounted prices. Smart and careful shoppers can get fantastic deals on nearly new looking furniture. Hotels are famous for changing out furniture periodically just to attract new...
Cicadas come out every summer in the Southwest United States in the deserts and valleys, and they are also found in Las Vegas. Here they are an annual occurrence and are known as Apache Cicadas. Fascinating and harmless insects, here are some fun facts about them and their life cycle. For the truly...
There is a woman in North Las Vegas, Nevada who rescues and cares for tiny little abandoned and injured hummingbirds. Once they are strong enough, they are returned to the wild, and some even return to her backyard, along with their families. A heartwarming story of unselfish love and caring for...
Me And A Guy Named Elvis is a stunning story told by a man who was Elvis' close personal friend for twenty three years. Jerry Schilling shares with Elvis' fans and with Elvis' daughter, Lisa Marie, stories from his amazing life.
If your cat eats something it should not have eaten, like an object, it is usually best to seek veterinary attention for them. If you are unsure about whether to take them to a veterinarian always err on the side of caution and take them to a vet. Foods that a cat should never eat that can be...
Country music artist and musician Wade Hayes was recently diagnosed with and treated for stage IV colon cancer. Famous for the hits Old Enough To Know Better, I'm Still Dancing With You, and On A Good Night, Wade was touring with Randy Owen of Alabama when the cancer was discovered. Now spreading...
Glen Campbell stopped in Las Vegas on his Goodbye Tour. After being diagnosed almost a year ago with Alzheimer's disease, he is still putting on great performances that thrill audiences. Backed by three of his amazingly talented children, Glen put on quite a show here. We wish this Rhinestone...
The best way to really understand the story of Hoover Dam is to take the Dam Tour, a tour of the inside, through the tunnels and inner workings of the dam. After visiting Hoover Dam, a visit to historic Boulder City provides a glimpse into the lives of the workers who built Hoover Dam.
Art-O-Mat machines have become a fixture at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Made from antique cigarette machines, art aficionados can now own small versions of real art for the very inexpensive price of five dollars. Some of the history behind the Art-O-Mat machine, and the stories behind...
Rosemary Kennedy, the little known and sometimes forgotten Kennedy lived in a place known as St. Coletta of Wisconsin for most of her life. Brain damaged by a botched lobotomy at the very young age of 23, she needed lifetime care afterwards. My son worked at St. Coletta for over three years while...
Rhythm Of The Dance is a show done by the National dance team of Ireland, featuring a beautiful portrayal of the story of early Irish and Irish American history. A stellar performance done by amazingly athletic and gifted performers, I highly recommend going to see Rhythm Of The Dance if it comes...
One of the most inspirational people I've ever heard of is Jessica Cox from Tucson, Arizona. Born with no arms, she doesn't let anything stop her from fully enjoying life. She dances, surfs, plays the piano, drives a car, does Taekwondo, and has a pilots license to fly small sport aircraft. It...
Free things to do on the strip in Las Vegas, and a shhhh, secret pizza place for great pizza at a reasonable price. Wonderful and entertaining attractions for the entire family that will not break the bank.
A look at one of the most creative and unique musical talents ever, Willie Nelson. Little known facts from his life that I found to be fascinating and wanted to share. Truly a musical icon, Willie has one of the most recognizable voices in all of music.
Humor has been a part of country music for decades, and some of the best humorous songs ever written are country songs! From Chug-A-Lug to I'd Like To Check You For Ticks, come along on a journey through some very funny country music humor and the very talented writers that come up with these......
A great party idea for having fun in Las Vegas without drinking and not remembering the next day what you did (or didn't) do! Enjoy a scavenger hunt in Las Vegas in one of the many fantastic locations available to hold a great scavenger hunt here. Your party will be truly memorable, long after the...
Sitting at a traffic light here on a Las Vegas Nevada city street, we were once suddenly surrounded by wind and debris. We realized we were in the midst of a "dust devil" a common, tornado like occurrence that happens here in the Mojave Desert. Whirlwinds like these can reach wind speeds of 60 mph,...
Imagining what the life of a teen idol must be like today. In my teenage years it was Donny Osmond, today it is Justin Bieber. I have a feeling young girls will always love handsome, talented, young male singers.
Seeing the fantastic Elvis tribute show called "The King Starring Trent Carlini" may be the closest some will ever get to "seeing" Elvis here in Las Vegas. Looking and sounding astoundingly similar to Elvis, Trent puts on a stellar high energy performance that will leave any audience with memories...
One of my favorite movies called Sweet Home Alabama had a scene in it where lightning struck the sand and created a beautiful glass sculpture. Finding out that this was a figment of Hollywood's imagination, I learned what really happens when lightning strikes the sand. It isn't nearly as pretty,...
Actress, comedienne, writer, and philanthropist in animal welfare, Betty White turned 92 years old in January, 2014. Best known for her roles on "The Mary Tyler Moore" show and "The Golden Girls," White is a brilliant actress with a giving spirit.
Some of the most beautiful cloud formations are caused by unusual changes in atmosphere that don't happen often, but are very beautiful when they do happen. One type, known as Kelvin-Helholtz clouds, were most recently seen over Birmingham, Alabama. The others are known as "Virga" clouds and...
Not only is Dwight Yoakam a brilliantly talented singer, songwriter and actor, he is also an entrepreneur. Add to this, a very philanthropic spirit in helping to raise money for the Lazarex Cancer Foundation, he is one of the most generous and talented artists of this generation.
How to understand the colloquialisms used in Wisconsin, without the need for a translator! Words and phrases commonly used in "The Dairy State."
The addiction to smartphone technology and what it is doing to society. Are we creating a generation that cannot interact with people face to face, and are unable to stay on task for any length of time?
An inappropriate response on the part of McDonald's corporation in regards to dirty play areas, areas contaminated with pathogens that could result in serious illness. Corporate responsibility can help insure health and safety of patrons visiting their businesses.
Las Vegas, Nevada is very much a "haunted" town, and many ghost stories are told here. Ghosts such as those of Elvis, Bugsy Siegel and many others will give you goosebumps, and perhaps will have you wanting to go look for them yourself, if you dare.
Just a short drive from the glitter and hustle and bustle of Las Vegas is an old ghost town and abandoned mine with a rich history. Ghost stories abound from this place, that has a history of turmoil and violence that happened back in the days of the "Wild West."
A fascinating look at the amazing hummingbird, one of nature's most beautiful creatures. The four most common hummingbirds found in Las Vegas and in the Mojave Desert.
The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville is one of the most haunted places in Nashville. It is said to be haunted mostly by three apparitions, Thomas Ryman, the riverboat captain that the Ryman is named after, a "gray man" (A confederate soldier) and the famous country music singer Hank Williams Sr.
The 6594th Test Group, who's motto was "Catch A Falling Star" operated from 1958 until its deactivation in 1986. They performed an extraordinary mission of catching film canisters in mid air that were ejected from some of the United States' earliest spy satellites.
Memories of "Duck and Cover" drills done in schools back in the 1950's and early 60's. Many people have vivid memories of these drills and at the time there was a cartoon film shown in schools called "Duck and Cover."
Barry Manilow's Grandfather, Joe, the mentor who saw the musical genius of a small child and influenced him. Lessons in mentoring and influencing a child in the way he should go.
The population of Hawaiian's in Las Vegas has doubled in the last ten years, and is projected to keep growing. Similarities in employment opportunities and weather tend to be biggest factors.
Caring for palm trees to keep them healthy and beautiful. The two most common palm trees found in the desert are California Fan Palms and Canary Island Date Palms.
Visit Las Vegas back in it's Heyday! In the days of Bugsy Siegel, The Rat Pack and Elvis, back when it was called "Glitter Gulch."
How to recognize "Gila Monsters" and the six different types of rattlesnakes native to the desert Southwest, including the Las Vegas area, as well as other parts of Nevada. Five steps to take in an emergency in case someone is bitten.
The best place ever to go to feed giraffes and get up close and personal to them.Taking a scenic train ride around the park and seeing all of the other animal attractions there makes a trip to this park very worthwhile. Cooling off in the water rides is also a thrill. Wild Adventures Water and...
I heard someone say once that Las Vegas is "like the moon" all rocks and sand. There really are places not far from the strip that have an abundance of green grass, and there is even a pretty lake, Lake Sahara, where you can escape for an afternoon.
An inspirational story about a child that might have died or lived a very hopeless life due to the problems he was born with. Uplifting look at the incredible gift he was given by God to share with the world, the gift of music.
A look into possible causes of nightmares and what can be done to alleviate them. My experiences with nightmares, both humorous and scary, and what I learned about them.
A nostalgic look at growing up in the 1960's. A look at the television shows from back then, board games, outdoor games, and even a fantastic candy bar, the "Seven Up" candy bar. A look at how being raised back then is much different from the way children are being raised today.
A helpful look at how to get the two most difficult cats (two females) to get used to one another, and come to enjoy living together. Humorous and helpful hints blended together.
A look into a lesser known attraction in Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon. Looking for a place to escape the neon lights and commotion? This is it! Beautiful scenery, along with sunshine, fresh air and plenty of beautiful photo opportunities.
An inspirational story of two of my guardian angels, one who appeared to me in a dream, and one is a true story. I believe angels are all around us!
What is it REALLY like in the "backstage" area when you are about to meet a celebrity? Come with me backstage when I met country music legend Alan Jackson, in February of 2003.
The best cat carrier I have found to use on a long trip with one or more cats. Advice for moving across the country with cats, so you will all arrive safely at your destination.